In this last installment of my series on The 3 Biggest Loser Weight Loss Lessons Learned I'm discussing what I think may be the most important lesson you can learn from Biggest Loser of them all!
Weight Loss Lesson 3
Not Being Nice Enough To Yourself, Lesson 3
When inevitably trainers Bob Harper or Jillian Michaels pull aside a Biggest Loser contestant who's still stuck in discovering what it is that triggered their large weight gain, the conversation will often end up being about how they tend to put others first. That's supposed to be a noble thing in theory, but in reality it can easily lead to weight gain. And with the right personality, huge weight gain and obesity.
Take the example of one of the super popular teams on the current Biggest Loser Season 9--the grey team of Koli and Sam. They obviously would do anything for each other and are often fond of saying "family first." In fact, in this past week's episode 14, Koli ate over 4,000 calories to win a "challenge."
Why would he do this when he was doing so well with his own weight loss? To ensure that his cousin Sam was protected from being voted off the show should he not lose much weight that week. That's very loving and admirable, but it's still a way to short-change yourself that can get in the way of losing and maintaining a healthy weight.
And it's not necessarily a sign of a weak personality at all. Even the strongest personalities can sabotage themselves. I know I've personally gotten myself into trouble when I've not eaten what I wanted to for a particular meal, when my husband wanted something different. So not wanting to cook two dinners (like I do when necessary), I put his choice first and put mine on the back burner.